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Doc Savage: The Silver Pyramid by Dennis O'Neil

Pulp fiction hero Doc Savage - one of the major inspirations for the creation of Superman - stars in this fast-paced tale featuring early work by comics superstars Adam Kubert and Andy Kubert. Doc, and his band of assistants, are introduced in the modern era as retired heroes - and now, on the eve of an alien invasion triggered by a gang of would-be world conquerors, only Doc...

Matter by Iain M. Banks

In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one man it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one - maybe two - people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she'd thought...

Notes from the Century Before by Edward Hoagland

In 1966, Hoagland made a three-month excursion into the wild country of British Columbia and encountered a way of life that was disappearing even as he chronicled it. Showcasing Hoagland's extraordinary gifts for portraiture - his cast runs from salty prospector to trader, explorer, missionary, and indigenous guide - this is a breathtaking mix of anecdote, derring-do, and...

Pagan Holiday by Tony Perrottet

The ancient Romans were responsible for many remarkable achievements - Roman numerals, straight roads - but one of their lesser-known contributions was the creation of the tourist industry. The first people in history to enjoy safe and easy travel, Romans embarked on the original Grand Tour, journeying from the lost city of Troy to the Acropolis, from the Colossus at Rhodes to Egypt...

The Baseball Card Kid by Adam Osterweil

A valuable baseball card, a sinking ship, a distant planet, and vampire tales fill this fast-paced time-travel story. Brian has felt guilty ever since he destroyed his father's rare Honus Wagner baseball card at the age of four. When the opportunity to acquire a magical time-traveling bracelet presents itself, Brian and his best friend Paul jump at the chance. Using this fantastic...

The Bone Flute by Patricia Bow

Camrose, a perfectly normal 12-year-old, has inherited responsibility for an ancient bone flute, an object of quest for two time-wandering rivals, one of them lord of the Otherworld. With the help of her friend Mark and the not-quite-human Miranda, Camrose braves fire and much worse to claim the flute and restore it to its rightful - and unexpected - owner.

The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem

Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers. Playfully written, and ranging from the prophetic to the surreal, these stories demonstrate Lem's vast talent...

The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut

When Laurence Waters arrives at his new post at a deserted rural hospital, staff physician Frank Eloff is instantly suspicious. Laurence is everything Frank is not - young, optimistic, and full of big ideas. The whole town is beset with new arrivals and the return of old faces. Frank reestablishes a liaison with a woman, one that will have unexpected consequences. A self-made...

The Puppet by Ibrahim al-Koni

A mythic tale of greed and political corruption, traces the rise, flourishing, and demise of a Saharan oasis community. Aghulli, a noble if obtuse man who has been chosen leader of the oasis, hankers after the traditional nomadic pastoralist life of the Tuareg. He sees commerce (understood as including trade in gold, marriage, agriculture, and even recreation) as the prime culprit in...

The Woman in the Window by Franklin L. King

A traumatized Marine Corps pilot moves to Paris to heal while fulfilling his passion to paint. Despite knowing that his artistic talent is limited, he enjoys the experience of painting images from thoughts. In that he had already published three books of poetry, he remains captivated by how poems create images within the mind. Fascinated by a 1900 photograph of a Parisian model...

Under Their Skin by Dinah Lee Küng

The Geneva laser clinic of Dr. Roman Micheli is as discreet as a Swiss bank - no matter who the patient, Roman is the dispassionate professional. His wife Isabel, a WHO leprologist, is even more dedicated to her work than Roman. But their technically perfect partnership unravels when an American violinist strides onto a concert stage and weaves the audience into her musical spell...

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

The title character is a fifteen-year-old boy who lives in a small town in the U.S. state of Texas. When his friend Jesus Navarro commits suicide after killing sixteen bullying schoolmates, suspicion falls on Vernon, who becomes something of a scapegoat in his small hometown of Martirio. Fearing the death penalty, he goes on the run to Mexico.